Research Posters


Exploring the Influence of Bullying and Self-harm on Negative School Experience among Children and Youth in Ontario
This study seeks to examine if self-harm is used as a coping strategy to mitigate the effects of bullying on educational experience. Data was collected from 1358 children and youth, 4-18 years of age, receiving mental health services across Ontario, Canada using the interRAI Child and Youth Mental Health (ChYMH) Instrument.


Healthy Relationships Plus Program Evaluation: Understanding Multi-Site Implementation Challenges & Successes
The Fourth R Healthy Relationships Plus Program (HRPP), an evidence-informed prevention program was piloted across four diverse Canadian provinces. The participants included 79 facilitators from 81 schools and community agencies. This study sought to evaluate the feasibility of the program and identify necessary revisions in program or implementation strategies. 


Evaluation of Universal Prevention Programs Adapted for Youth Justice Settings: Phase l findings 
In 2016, The Fourth R and Healthy Relationships Plus Program (HRPP) were piloted in two youth custody facilities in Manitoba, Canada. This study sought to evaluate the feasibility of the programs in youth justice settings and identify necessary revisions.


Increasing Knowledge and Self-Efficacy Through a Pre-Service Course on Safe Schools: The Crucial Role of Reducing Moral Disengagement
This study examines the impact of a Safe Schools course for pre-service teachers on bullying knowledge, likelihood to meet mandatory reporting requirements in situations involving violence, and the role of moral disengagement as a possible mediator of change.


Associations Between Traditional and Cyber-Bullying and Multiple Indicators of Mental Wellness in a Canadian Adolescent Sample
This study examines the associations between traditional and cyber-bullying and multiple indicators of mental wellness (hope; purpose; psychological distress; coping; and emotional, social and psychological well-being) for victims and bully-victims in a sample of Canadian adolescents. 


Non-Suicidal Self-Injury and School Disruption: An Examination among Clinically Referred School-Aged Youth
This study examines whether students who engaged in nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI) reported higher levels of school disruption than students without a history of NSSI. In addition, the research also analyzed whether the link between NSSI and school disruption was maintained, after taking into account other risk factors for school disruption (i.e., anxiety, hyperactivity/distractibility, anhedonia, parenting stress). 


Adolescent Perceptions of Cyber-Bullying in Friendships and Dating Relationships
This study combines the findings of two previous studies that examined cyberbullying within the context of adolescent friendships and dating relationships with samples of 145 and 70 secondary school students. The first study examined the behavioural characteristics responsible for the victimization and perpetration of cyberbullying and the second study investigated adolescents' perceptions of severity, motives, and point in a dating relationship at which it is likely to become most severe. A mixed-methods approach was utilized, with quantitative data obtained through surveys and qualitative data from semi-structured focus groups among students in a secondary school in southwestern Ontario.


Adolescent Depression Before and After the Healthy Relationships Plus Program
This study examines latent class trajectories of depression in a sample of youth who participated in the Healthy Relationships Plus Program in Canada. It also explored risk factors associated with these developmental trajectories.


Changes in Depression and Anxiety Among Youth in the Context of a Healthy Relationships Program
As part of evaluation of the Healthy Relationships Plus Program (HRPP) in Canada, this study sought to identify individual and group-level predictors of depression and anxiety at pre-test, and rate of change from pre- to post-test


Adolescent Bullying: The Impact of Self-Efficacy, Social Support and Moral Disengagement on Prosocial Intervening
1057 Canadian students participated in a self-report survey measuring a range of attitudes and characteristics that might be predictive of prosocial intervening. 


Predicting Help-Seeking in Adolescent Responses to Bullying
1057 Canadian students participated in a self-report survey measuring a range of attitudes and characteristics that might be associated with help-seeking behaviour.


Exploring Adolescent Intentions to Seek Help Before and After the Implementation of a Social Emotional Program
This study examines adolescent intentions to seek help before and following the implementation of the Healthy Relationships Plus Program. This program focuses on teaching adaptive coping strategies in various youth-related well-being issues.


Understanding Help-Seeking Intentions Amongst Canadian Adolescents
This study examines the association between perceived behavioural control, attitudes and beliefs regarding help-seeking behaviour and the help-seeking intentions of youth under circumstances as they relate to social, emotional or mental health issues. 


Bullying Experiences Among FNMI Youth: Identifying Effects on Mental Health and Potential Protective Factors
This poster presents findings from a study that examined the effects of bullying on the mental wellbeing of First Nations, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) youth, and aimed to identify potential protective factors that predicted more positive mental health outcomes for this population.